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    AIIB approves investing $575 million in suburban railways and Tata Cleantech

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    With this, the Beijing-headquartered developmental bank's overall commitment to the country has gone up to nearly USD 3 billion, making it the largest borrower with a 30 percent share.

    The bank also announced a USD 75-million commitment to Tata Cleantech Capital for on-lending to renewable projects.

    MUMBAI: The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved an investment of $575 million in suburban railways and renewable energy sector, taking to its total commitment in India to nearly $3 billion.

    It will extend a long-term project loan to Mumbai Urban Transport Corporation for $500 while the rest $75 million will be invested in Tata Cleantech Capital.

    “Over the past four years, AIIB’s investments in India have grown exponentially,” said AIIB’s chief investment officer DJ Pandian in Mumbai, adding “it is a clear sign of our valuable partnership. AIIB will continue aligning its commitments with the government’s priorities, with the bank serving as a catalyst to India’s continued development.”

    The loan from Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is priced at 75-140 basis points more than the London Interbank Offered Rate with a tenor of 20-25 years, said Pandian.

    AIIB has tied up with Mumbai Urban Transport Project, which is involved with developing the city’s infrastructure, including local trains, roads, etc. The dollar-denominated funds will contribute to a quadrupling of the Virar-Dahanu Road corridor (64 kms) which will provide an extension of the suburban railway service to connect with peripheral areas of Mumbai.

    The project will also involve the construction of a new suburban railway tracks between Panvel and Karjat (28 kms) where there’s rapid urbanization and rising commuters.

    The supranational institution can invest in Indian projects of up to $3-4 billion a year, which would be 30-40% of its total disposable approved sum.

    Besides the latest announcement, AIIB has also invested in Assam’s power transmission and distribution projects.

    “We are looking for workable long-term projects where local banks could not participate due to inherent problems,” said Pandian.

    Headquartered in Beijing, the multilateral development bank began operations in January 2016. AIIB has so far financed $2.9 billion in India, and contributed to 13 projects in the country since then. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat are the other three states where it had invested.

    It invested $100 million in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund.
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    3 Comments on this Story

    Vaithianathan R M346 days ago
    Reports predict by 2050 Mumbai and other low lying areas around the south asia region, will be usurped by rising seas due to climate change. Are these project much inland and away from the seas invasion, to save these to be built infrastructure in the future ?
    Hindi new songs Matkar346 days ago
    Will new government complete these projects in Mumbai????
    Ravi Padmanabhan346 days ago
    Should be divided equally
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